Monthly Archives: January 2013

Metropolitan Police Special Operations Unit, Washington, DC

This police station at 2301 L Street NW seems closed and largely abandoned, although it’s still listed as an active site on the DC Police website. The tilework around the windows is cracking and the mid-century metal lettering on the … Continue reading

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Demolished! Deaconess Hospital, Buffalo, NY

This blog features only a tiny fraction of everyday mid-century architecture. And much of this type of design is never documented by anyone. So it unfortunately makes sense that a large percentage of this type of building is demolished with … Continue reading

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Woman’s National Democratic Club Addition, Washington, DC

The Woman’s National Democratic Club sits prominently at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Q Streets NW in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The building, seen at bottom is a  restrained Victorian-era mansion designed by Harvey L. Page, an architect … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo Bank, Arlington, VA

This Wells Fargo branch, at 951 S. George Mason Drive just off Columbia Pike, is an unexpected surprise in a section of Arlington that has not seen as much recent redevelopment as other areas. The building was built in 1962 … Continue reading

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Clarendon Office Building, Arlington, VA

This office building from 1964 is immediately across from the George Mason Law School (see the previous post). Given the rapid development in this area and increased density, this building is almost certainly destined for demolition in the not too … Continue reading

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George Mason University Law School, Arlington, VA

GMU Law School, at 3301 Fairfax Drive in the Clarendon neighborhood, is now surrounded by large new development. This was originally the Virginia Square branch of Kann’s Department Store, a well-known DC institution. It was built in 1951 by de … Continue reading

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The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, DC

2100 L Street NW is a classic mid-century office building. Its black glass nicely reflects the nearby structures and its mid-rise scale does not overwhelm. However, this part of DC has experienced an ongoing building boom in this area and … Continue reading

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West End Branch Library, Washington, DC

The West End Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library was built in 1966-67 and designed by Albert O. Goenner Associates, a local architect who also designed the Palisades Branch Library. The West End Branch website has a very extensive … Continue reading

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Church of God, Arlington, VA

This simple vernacular building is located at 790 S. Carlin Springs Road in Arlington. It possibly seems to be a combination of several buildings of which the worship hall in front is the most prominent. The building was constructed in … Continue reading

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